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The North Avenue Irregulars (1979)

When crooks set up operations in a traditional town, a minister and a group of church ladies are willing to do anything, no matter how wacky, to get them out.


Bruce Bilson


Don Tait (screenplay), Albert Fay Hill (book) (as Rev. Albert Fay Hill)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Herrmann ... Michael Hill
Barbara Harris ... Vickie
Susan Clark ... Anne
Karen Valentine ... Jane
Michael Constantine ... Marv
Cloris Leachman ... Claire
Patsy Kelly ... Rose
Douglas Fowley ... Delaney (as Douglas V. Fowley)
Virginia Capers ... Cleo
Steve Franken ... Tom
Dena Dietrich ... Mrs. Carlisle
Dick Fuchs Dick Fuchs ... Howard
Herb Voland ... Dr. Fulton
Alan Hale Jr. ... Harry, the Hat (as Alan Hale)
Melora Hardin ... Carmel


When crooks set up operations in a traditional town, a minister and a group of church ladies are willing to do anything, no matter how wacky, to get them out. Written by Erin Hunt <thehunts@nr.infi.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Six church ladies become super sleuths and set out to foil crime... their way. See more »


Action | Comedy | Crime | Family


G | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Fourteen cars, costing $155,000, were destroyed in the film's climatic demolition sequence. See more »


When Blarney Stone lands on Max Roca's limo during the demolition derby scene, you can see chains / straps linking the two cars together to keep the top car from falling off. See more »


Rev. Michael Hill: How would you like to spice up your life a little?
Claire: Oh, you need a secretary for the Youth Activities Committee?
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References Casablanca (1942) See more »


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User Reviews

wacky Disney romp
10 May 2001 | by thomandybishSee all my reviews

One of the last of Disney's live-action features that truly appealled to kids and parents, THE NORTH AVENUE IRREGULARS concerns a newly-arrived minister(Edward Herrman)who suggests that his flock look for ways to increase the church budget. When the ne'er-do-well husband of one of the church ladies bets the church funds on a fixed horserace, the minister sets out to recoup the funds and uncovers an illegal betting racket in his town. At the prompting of the local authorities, the good reverend and a group of church ladies go undercover to catch the crooks. What ensues is equal parts car chase/slapstick/G-rated comedy, as the motley assortment of soccer moms, little old ladies, and well-coiffed housewives race thier station wagons, pickup trucks, and Lincoln Continentals towards the inevitable happy conclusion. One sour note is a gratuitous rock group enlisted to liven up church services. The group, Strawberry Shortcake, looks and sounds about ten years behind the times, like the 1910 Fruitgum Co. after having gotten religion. Oh well, it is an Disney flick . . .

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Release Date:

9 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ding-a-Ling Dames See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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